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Gov.-elect Jerry Brown becomes Gov. Jerry Brown today -- again.

Brown starts an historic third term at an 11 a.m. swearing in at Memorial Auditorium. It will be preceded by a 9 a.m. interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and followed by a hot dog lunch on the Capitol's north lawn and a reception at the California Railroad Museum.

Last night, Brown promised to make some appointments today.

Brown is today's big name, but he isn't the only statewide elected official being sworn in.

Five other constitutional officers will also take their oaths of office: Controller John Chiang, Superintendent-elect of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, and Insurance Commissioner-elect Dave Jones.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is waiting until tomorrow, however. Spokeswoman Nicole Winger said the elections chief opted to wait a day to be sworn in for her second term because of today's crowded schedule.

Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, meanwhile, may wait until next week to start his new job.

Newsom will be in Sacramento to attend the ceremonies for Brown and others, but he's tentatively scheduled an inaugural celebration for 1 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 10, in the Capitol rotunda.

Constitutional officers are eligible to be sworn in the first Monday in January following the November election, and their terms don't start until they take the oath of office.

That means Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who lost to Newsom in November, is eligible to remain in office until Newsom is sworn in.

Why the delay? Newsom's decision has to do with local politics.

The San Francisco mayor is holding off on resigning that post to ensure that the newly elected San Francisco supervisors, a more moderate bunch than those now in office, get to select the interim mayor who will serve out the rest of Newsom's term.

GOVERNORS GALLERY: Curious about California's previous governors? Click here for's gallery of the state's chief executives going back to 1848.

This post was updated to clarify that the secretary of state's office did not intend to speak to Maldonado's transition plans.


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